RDJ boasts one of the most experienced media law teams in Ireland and is ranked as a Tier 1 firm by Media Law International. We have extensive experience in all legal issues relevant to print, broadcasting and digital media and offer specialist advice on defamation and privacy law matters as well as contempt of court issues. We have acted in many of the landmark cases before the Superior Courts in recent years and our practitioners are regular contributors on media issues to publications in Ireland and the UK.

Meet the team
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Our specialists give defamation advice to all the publications within the Examiner group, including the Irish Examiner, Evening Echo and several Regional Titles. We also advise broadcasting and digital clients as well as insurers in the TMT sector on defamation, privacy and intellectual property issues in particular.

Our practice includes:

  • Advising on commercial arrangements and financial transactions in the sector
  • Media mergers and notifications to Competition and Consumer Protection Commission
  • Advertising and sponsorship agreements
  • Assessing and advising on publications
  • Contempt of court
  • Copyright and breach of confidence
  • Defamation and privacy
  • Intellectual property matters
  • Media strategy
  • Pre-publishing advice
  • Regulation

Recent Work

  • Brought “Norwich Pharmacal” applications against some of the larger social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter seeking to identify persons behind anonymous social media accounts.
  • Acted for corporate clients and high net worth individuals in proceedings against social media platforms relating to unlawful content posted on social media including defamatory content and content breaching GDPR.
  • Acted in a number of successful applications opposing an extension of time to bring an application under the Defamation Act 2009.
  • Successfully defended a High Court injunction in the first High Court decision on seeking an Order prohibiting the publication of an allegedly defamatory statement under the Defamation Act 2009 (Dan Philpott v Irish Examiner).
  • Successfully defended one of the few privacy decisions issued in the High Court in this jurisdiction. The case was ultimately settled after a Supreme Court Appeal.
  • Successfully defended High Court injunction proceedings against The Irish Examiner in relation to its coverage of a high profile case against several global social media platforms for certain defamatory on line coverage (McKeogh –v- Facebook, Google and others).
  • Defended a television production company in a high profile High Court breach of copyright claim (Sharkey v Octagon Films Limited and Radio Teilifis Eireann).
  • Acted in a number of high profile High Court cases in the areas of defamation, breach of privacy and contempt of Court– see Mahon –v- Post Publication Limited t/a The Sunday Business Post, Irish Times Limited –v- Judge Murphy.

Key Contacts

The RDJ team are very good - they're straightforward and frank to deal with and they take clients' interests very much to heart.
– Chambers Europe (2024)
Darryl Broderick is available to us at all times. He understands our deadline pressures and remains focused, no matter the urgency
– The Legal 500 (2024)
The depth and breadth of the team is exceptional.
– Chambers Europe (2024)